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North Shore United Way recognizes past supporters

AID STATION — Wakefield students (from left) Summer Milsky, 8, Luke Greif, 6, and Noah Greif, 10, raised more than $1,300 on a recent Saturday with their Lemon-Aid 3 stand to benefit the One Fund Boston and Wakefield Interfaith Food Pantry.

AID STATION — Wakefield students (from left) Summer Milsky, 8, Luke Greif, 6, and Noah Greif, 10, raised more than $1,300 on a recent Saturday with their Lemon-Aid 3 stand to benefit the One Fund Boston and Wakefield Interfaith Food Pantry.

PAYING TRIBUTE: North Shore United Way is posthumously honoring area residents Miles Herter, Ann Mulry Shaw, Clark Smith, Gil Steward, and Carl Swanson as part of its newly launched Tribute Fund.

“Their generous gifts of time, talent and financial support to the North Shore United Way and, specifically, youth-focused programs, is a legacy the United Way wishes to recognize and perpetuate through the Tribute Fund,” said executive director Margo Casey.

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“Collectively, these five individuals contributed countless hours of service through more than 20 years of participation on the North Shore United Way board and allocations committee,” she said.

With a fund-raising goal of $500,000, the Tribute Fund will provide resources to seed, sustain, and expand innovative youth programs.

A breakfast to recognize the five leaders is 8 to 9:30 a.m. at the Essex County Club in Manchester-by-the-Sea.

To attend the breakfast or make a contribution to the Tribute Fund, call 978-922-3966, e-mail or bkuszmar@nsuw.org., or visit nsuw.org.

INNOVATIVE LIVING: Barry Berman, chief executive officer of the Chelsea Jewish Foundation, has been chosen as a Leader of Tomorrow for 2013 by Long-Term Living Magazine. The honor was announced in the magazine’s May issue, with a story devoted to Berman and his accomplishments.

He was selected for his work in creating the Leonard Florence Center for Living and using technology to allow residents with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and multiple sclerosis to live independently, yet as part of a family environment.

Berman took the Green House model of community living and molded it to meet the needs of younger adults, who because of their debilitating diseases often live in facilities designed for those much older.

Berman has devoted his career to building the long-term care community in Chelsea and surrounding areas, which includes skilled and short-term rehab residences, traditional and specialized assisted living options, and home care, personal care, and hospice agencies.

He has been CEO of the Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home/Chelsea Jewish Foundation for 36 years.

Visit chelseajewish.org.

BUILDING ACCEPTANCE: Three local high school seniors are receiving the 2013 Elsie Frank Scholarship Award from Greater Boston PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays.)

The students are Brian Cook and Zachary Kerr of Methuen High School, and Franconia “Kikie” Burg of North Reading High School.

Since 1998, Greater Boston PFLAG has awarded scholarships to high school students who have improved their school climate and created greater support and acceptance for LGBT youth.

Cook is an honor roll student, offensive lineman on the football team, and on the track and field team. He is also involved in the Acting Out! Theater Company in Lawrence.

Cook is known for his public speaking in support of transgender rights and medical care. Through his work with Greater Boston PFLAG, he has addressed audiences at Harvard Medical School, Boston Children’s Hospital, and Lawrence General Hospital, in addition to many colleges and community organizations.

Kerr is active in social justice organizations both in school and in his community. As president of Methuen High School’s Gay-Straight Alliance, he spearheaded efforts to educate faculty on how to support LGBT students. Kerr is a youth member of the Massachusetts Commission for LGBT Youth, and led the movement to amend the student antidiscrimination law to include gender identity.

Burg is a founding member of the North Reading Gay-Straight Alliance. As an outreach and education speaker for Northshore Alliance of Gay and Lesbian Youth, she has also participated in the Interfaith Youth Initiative Summer Institute at Brandeis University. A member of the National Honor Society, Burg says her goal is to make school a better place for LGBT youth.

Cook, Kerr, and Burg are being honored with three other scholarship recipients from the state at 6 p.m. Thursday under the Party in the Park tent in the Kelleher Rose Garden, Back Bay Fens.

For more information, visit gbpflag.org.

WHO’S WHAT WHERE: The Salem Arts Association has elected a new executive committee and four new members to its board of directors. Officers are Jaclyn White, president; Elisabeth Neville, vice president; and Patricia Dunbar, secretary. Joining the board are Jason M. Consalvo, Joe Higgins, Ellen Hardy, and Laura Dandaneau. . . . Burgess Clark of Beverly and Ian Shain of Hamilton were recently recognized by Independent Reviewers of New England voters. Clark won the award for Best New Play for his adaptation of “Reflections of a Rock Lobster,” presented by Boston Children’s Theatre. Clark is the theater’s executive director. “Reflections of a Rock Lobster” is based on the true story of Aaron Fricke, who in 1980 sued his Rhode Island high school for the right to escort his boyfriend to the prom. Shain won Best Young Performer for his portrayal of Fricke. Shain is currently a freshman at the University of Southern California majoring in theater. He will participate in the apprentice program at the Williamstown Theatre Festival this summer.

Wendy Killeen can be reached at wdkilleen@gmail.com.
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